Washington mother charged after son OD's on meth

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities say a 26-year-old Washington woman has been charged with manslaughter after her toddler died of a meth overdose.

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said Tuesday the 2-year-old boy had ingested enough methamphetamine to kill an adult when his mother noticed he wasn't breathing in December 2012.

Paramedics arrived at the Spanaway home and found him without a pulse. They couldn't insert an airway because his jaw was locked.

Lindquist said witnesses told investigators that the woman, identified as Alyia Iverson, had a history of smoking meth in front of her children.

Iverson was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. It wasn't immediately clear if she had a lawyer. In an interview last year, she told The News Tribune she didn't know there was meth in the house.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


Top Stories

  • Stop Calling Me
    It's a pretty good reason to fill out your ballot early

  • More Cowbell
    The Seahawks need Russell Wilson to shoulder more of the load than ever

  • Seattle Drivers
    10 reasons we know you're a Seattle driver
ATTENTION COMMENTERS: We've changed our comments, but want to keep you in the conversation.
Please login below with your Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Disqus account. Existing MyNorthwest account holders will need to create a new Disqus account or use one of the social logins provided below. Thank you.
comments powered by Disqus
Sign up for breaking news e-mail alerts from MyNorthwest.com
In the community
Do you know an exceptional citizen who has impacted and inspired others?
KIRO Radio and WSECU would like to recognize six oustanding citizens this year. Nominate them to be recognized and to receive a $2,000 charitable grant.